‘Look mom, no Hantz!”
‘Look mom, no Hantz!” I said as “Big Brother” producers ousted Willie Hantz from the house and game.
It was the first truly exciting thing to happen in Season 14.
Hantz was a major hot-head.?Then again, so was his brother, Russell, who was on “Survivor.” Both have bad tempers, which can make for reality TV gold when they’re fired up.
But Willie’s got the best of him and “BB” had to remove him when he resorted to violence.
Anyone who’s a fan of these shows knew instantly who Hantz was when he walked into the house with the other 11 newbies. Even some of the houseguests confronted him about it, and he quickly denied it.
Big mistake. It was too obvious.
I wanted to like him, but his game play came way too early and was far too hard. But could that have been a direct result from the awkward twists that began unfolding on Day 1? I believe so.
When everyone entered the house for the first time, there were only 12. Hantz, Shane Meaney, Wil Heuser, Ian Terry, Joe Arvin and Frank Eudy made up the men and Ashley Iocca, Danielle Murphree, Jenn Arroyo, Jodi Rollins, JoJo Spatafora and Kara Monaco the women.
First impressions say a lot and the little Ian Terry struck me as an early favorite. No, he’s not the resident hottie, nor is he a physical threat. But he does have the likeability factor in a game that’s often won by your social game, too. Plus you can tell he’s the kind of player who just absorbs everything around him, too.
Things got weird when former houseguests Dan Gheesling, Mike “Boogie” Malin, Britney Haynes and Janelle Pierzina entered the house to play as coaches. If you were a newbie, that meant any such game you were wanting to play when you entered the house was instantly halted. The coaches picked their teams so the allegiance was already set.
The coaching thing was difficult to grasp and I don’t think it was a good twist.
First, with only 12 playing it was obvious that at some point the coaches were going to enter as players.
Britney tipped off Hantz to the notion.?That was the beginning to his disastrous week in the BB house.
Secondly, it made it too awkward to form alliances for fear of straying away from your coach.
Thank goodness America’s vote gave the coaches the chance to enter the game as players. Like we all didn’t see that one coming. The move “reset” the game, so to speak.
I’m hoping the house is smart enough to go after Mike Boogie, but Danielle may have already screwed that up by nominating Wil and Frank. Someone needs to remind her that Dan is no longer her coach.
As for Dan, Britney and Janelle, I wish them luck. I respect them all for their game play, but I do hope Britney finds herself in the finale.
Her eviction on Season 12 was almost heart-breaking when she fell victim to the Brigade, the four-man alliance who used her to get others evicted only to get her out before them.
Who do you think should win Season 14? What are your thoughts regarding the twists so far?
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.